All of you probably know Lisa. She’s the cheerful girl who answers most phone calls at TTS and sends lots of emails asking you to complete this or that task. Coming straight from Northern Ireland, she sometimes finds it difficult to make herself understood, especially when it comes down to the number eight or the word ‘sales’ (which she pronounce like ‘seals’). She moved to New Zealand 4 years ago after falling for a Kiwi man in Australia – they will soon be husband and wife. The Translation Service first met Lisa when she was a temporary employee for the Authentication Unit, and hired her on a full-time contract in 2010 as an administration officer. She has recently been promoted to the position of project manager and will fully be in that role once her replacement has been recruited. For now, she has happily answered all our nosy questions.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A. Travelling – with no particular date or time that you have to be somewhere.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

A. A family member passing away while I’m in New Zealand – pretty much the same fear as everyone living overseas!

Q. Which person do you most admire?

A. Tom Crean – an Antarctic explorer from Co Kerry, a brave and modest man who after surviving 4 Antarctic expeditions, opened a little pub in Co Kerry called The South Pole Inn and enjoyed life behind the bar with his family until he died.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A. Eagerness- I get carried away and take on too much.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A. Cockiness

Q. What is your greatest extravagance?

A. Travel – I am determined to always find the time and money to travel! 

Q. On what occasions do you lie?

A. I lie to my fiance about eating peanut butter and jam straight out of the jar. It’s my guilty secret!

Q. What makes you happiest?

A. That moment when the plane touches down in Ireland!

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A. I’d be more assertive.

Q. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A. Trekking to Everest Base Camp independently- I always dreamed of doing it, wasn’t quite sure if I would, but my partner and I started to plan it, turned up in Kathmandu, got together some supplies and off we went. It was a great adventure!

Q. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?

A. I’d be a bar-headed goose – the world’s highest flying bird! 🙂

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

A. At the moment it’s my engagement ring, I’m scared to death that I’ll lose it…I’ve had a few close shaves so far!

Q. Who are your heroes in real life?

A. My granny – she’s brave, fun and brutally honest!

Q. What is it that you most dislike?

A. Littering

Q. What is your motto?

A. Be kind – everyone’s fighting a hard battle!

We feature a staff member or one of our freelance translators every month. The featured profile includes a picture, a small biography and the person’s answers to a light version of the Proust Questionnaire.

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